20TB SnapSAN S2000 by Overland Storage chosen by United Way
Overland Storage Inc. announced that
United Way of Metropolitan
Atlanta, the fourth largest United Way branch in
the nation, has deployed the
SnapSAN S2000 to support nine
remote offices and more than 600 end users.
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta needed a
virtualization solution that could operate within multiple Windows environments
and run a multitude of campaigns, projects and programs simultaneously.span>
"Since we're a
nonprofit, the money we raise needs to go back to the causes we support. Our IT
budget is watched closely - the focus is always on making the most out of our
operating dollars so that we can maximize those resources for community outreach,&,"
said Orinzal Williams, executive director of IT for United Way of Metropolitan
Atlanta. "We chose
to deploy the
SnapSAN S2000 because it
offers similar features that high-end SAN solutions have without the complexity,
giving us more bang for our buck. Because we have a small IT staff, we needed a
solution that was simple to set up and manage. With the SnapSAN S2000, we were
literally up and running within an hour and a half from the time we got the
solution out of the box."
Williams deployed the Overland SnapSAN
S2000 as part of the organization's new storage virtualization strategy. By
allocating the SnapSAN S2000 to manage the organization's production
environment, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta was able to streamline data
management operations and increase the information infrastructure performance
without additional training, resources or costs. Optimized for multiple
virtualized server environments, the S2000 enabled hundreds of employees to
share and store data across nine offices in the Atlanta region.span>
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta is
currently utilizing the SnapSAN S2000 to store approximately 20 terabytes of
shared data (with the ability to expand up to 192 terabytes), of which 85
percent is virtualized. By improving resource utilization with their new
virtualization strategy, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta is cutting costs by
reducing the need for physical assets, such as server floor space and power. In
addition, the organization's new virtualization strategy has enabled it to
deploy applications quickly and has helped increase productivity.
capacity expansion, simple storage management features, disaster recovery
features as well as maximized application uptime, the SnapSAN S2000 is an ideal
cost-effective virtualization solution for nonprofit organizations with a
limited IT staff and budget, such as United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta,&q"
said Joe Disher, product solutions manager for
Overland Storage. "Built
from the ground up for virtualized server environments, with the ability to be
easily deployed within existing environments for instant scalability and
reliability, the SnapSAN S2000 is a truly effortless data solution for
businesses of any sizespan>."